Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) rushes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Arrowhead Fix: The Day Off Edition

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Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

Tuesdays in the NFL are the players’ Sundays. This is their day of rest during the week before they head back to work to begin preparation for the next opponent. This week is no different. The only difference is, tomorrow begins Raider Week Part II. In addition to it being Raider Week once again, this one is special. The Chiefs have two ways they can clinch their playoff spot this weekend.

Because the Chiefs are playing the late game at 3:05PM Arrowhead time, they can be a playoff team before the opening kickoff if the New England Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins during the early game. If that happens, the Chiefs will have the #5 AFC Seed locked up. That will also create some decisions for head coach Andy Reid on playing his starters for the full game. Adam Teicher from ESPN put together a good piece outlining the scenarios.

If the Dolphins win, the Chiefs can clinch that playoff spot by beating Oakland anyway. If Miami loses, the Chiefs are in but they will still have a chance to win the AFC West championship. The Denver Broncos need to win two of their final three games to clinch the division title.

Speaking of starters, Randy Covitz over at the Kansas City Star posted an article about Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles getting better as the season wears on.

I knew I was going to get the ball the whole day, because of the type of weather that was outside. I knew everyone was saying, ‘It’s your type of day.’ But it doesn’t matter what type of day…it’s every day for me. No matter what kind of weather conditions, I love to get the ball anyway.” – Jamaal Charles

Finally, Reid Ferrin at the Mothership has the entire transcript of Andy Reid’s Monday press conference here. We’ve covered a majority of his topics in articles already posted on AA about the future of the franchise and how he thought the offensive line played. But one thing we haven’t talked about is the injury update he gave at the beginning of the presser.

Alright, injuries are the same three that I mentioned yesterday; Branden Albert is still working on getting back from a hyperextended knee, Anthony Fasano a concussion and then Justin Houston with the elbow. Day-to-day on all of them. We’ll just see how it goes. Really, nothing to mention from this last game as far as the injuries go.

This is all good news as the Chiefs enter the home stretch. Getting Albert, Fasano and Houston back just in time for the playoffs, but continuing to play strong in their absence can only mean good things for the Chiefs in the post season.

That’s it for today, Addicts. Raider Week starts tomorrow!



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